The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors have decided on Friday to start the prosecution and place under judicial control the former Professional Football League (LPF) chief Dumitru Dragomir.
Dragomir is investigated for bribe taking and complicity to money laundering.
Other persons are prosecuted in the same file, former RCS-RDS managers. Dumitru Dragomir is charged with asking the cable TV company for a bribe of EUR 3.5 million, hotnews.ro informs.
According to the same source, the DNA prosecutors have initiated the prosecution of Dumitru Dragomir, Ioan Bendei (RCS-RDS manager, charged with bribe giving and money laundering) and Alexandru Oprea (at the time of the deeds RCS-RDS general manager). The official announcement regarding the prosecution of Ioan Bendei, one of the most influential people with the RCS, comes at the time when the company is getting ready to be listed on the stock exchange.
The son of Dumitru Dragomir, Bogdan Dragomir, is also investigated for complicity to bribe taking and money laundering, without preventive measures yet.
Mihai Dinei, judicial coordinator of the above mentioned company, is investigated for complicity to bribe giving and money laundering.
Florin Bogdan Bădiţă, administrator of a company owned by Dumitru Dragomir, is charged with complicity to bribe taking and money laundering.
“During April 2009-May 2011, defendant Dumitru Dragomir, as chairman of the Professional Football League, asked for the amount of EUR 3.5 million (of which he received EUR 3.1 million) from suspect Bendei Ioan, administrator of a cable TV company, aiming to complete or not to complete his official workload and to complete deeds contrary to these. The money was claimed and received by Dumitru Dragomir within the context of a cession contract for TV broadcasting rights of Liga 1 football matches, concluded on April 8, 2008 between LPF and the consortium made up by two companies, among which the company managed by suspect Bendei Ion,” DNA informs.
The money allegedly was subsequently concealed in the form of payments made under a joint venture agreement concluded between a firm reportedly owned by Dumitru Dragomir and the cable television company.
In 2008, at the level of LPF was organised an auction for the transfer of broadcasting rights of football matches of the Liga I ‘PARTENER’ competition, in the 2008-2009, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons, the auction being won by the companies represented by Ioan Bendei at the price of EUR 101,150,000 (including VAT). Later, in 2009, in the context of the economic crisis, the winning firms allegedly requested LPF to grant more advantageous contractual terms, the prosecutors say.
Dumitru Dragomir reportedly requested, for own interest, the company representatives to join a business partnership with one of his companies. In order to determine Dragomir to act in the cable TV company’s interest at the LPF level, on August 15, 2009 a contract was signed between the company owned by the LPF chairman, represented by Badita Florin-Bogdan and the company represented by suspect Bendei Ioan, to set up a joint venture agreement, DNA further informs.
According to the contract, during 2009-2011 the cable TV company paid to the company owned by Dumitru Dragomir the amount of EUR 3,100,000 (RON 13,059,290) in 27 instalments.
“During 2015-2016, the parties involved in the conclusion of the joint venture agreement acted for ‘laundering’ and ‘cleansing’ the criminal character, in order to dissipate its illicit origin. Thus, several contracts were concluded. The parties were solely concerned to make the joint venture agreement look as a legal one, in particular as regards the amount of EUR 3,100,000 paid under the above mentioned conditions. These operations, which were carried out until 2016, have led, in the end, the cable company to buy the business involving the association agreement,” the investigators explain./IBNA